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Fauquier Community Theatre The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

By • Aug 3rd, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Fauquier Community Theatre’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [MP3 3:28 1.6MB].

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Fauquier Community Theatre
Fauquier Community Theatre, Warrenton, VA
$14/$12 Students and Seniors
Through August 10th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio Review of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), performed by the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia. We saw the performance on opening night, Friday, August 1, 2008.

Mike: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a play by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The play is a romp through all of Shakespeare’s plays, his comedies, tragedies, and sonnets. And it all takes place in less than two hours.

Laura: This was a fun show. The actors performed well together and seemed to have a good time. They were not going for the cheap laugh. They seemed committed to their roles and it was a lot of fun.

Mike: I had a good time at this show, especially since we have spent the last two months of our summer working back stage for the same show with the NoVa Woodbridge Theatre Group. It was interesting how the two shows were different, since we were expecting the humor that was coming. This cast did a really good job with it. The three gentlemen who were in the show worked together and were committed to it. They got through it pretty smoothly.

Laura: The three actors were Tim Sampson, Carson McRae, and Eric Weathers. I think all of them did well together. Carson McRae was maybe a little bit nervous. He talked fast and was sometimes hard to understand.

Mike: I think they all did fine. Eric Weathers, who played Juliet, had a nice high voice and seemed to enjoy bouncing around the stage. It worked really well. Tim Sampson played Romeo to Weather’s Juliet. It was a cute scene. There was maybe a little bit of confusion and nervousness I think, but they warmed up after the Romeo and Juliet Scene and the rest went pretty well.

Laura: The second act was Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Carson McCrae played the title character of Hamlet. He did a good job. There were a few times when he rushed his lines a little bit and I had a hard time understanding what he was saying. He did warm up, however, and slowed down. He carried it off well.

Mike: It was a simple set with a very creative design. Three simple walls gave four unique entrances. These were used very effectively for the quick changes and the props to come on and off. I liked that part. The set was designed by Eric Weathers and Kaichen McRae. The lights were fairly simple. A few times the colors would be shown, but basically the entire time it was white lights. Lights were designed by Kaichen and Carson McRae. The sound was by Carson McRae, but I do not remember any sound effects in the show. I know where there were supposed to be some and there were not any. Maybe they were having technical problems.

Laura: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) ran an hour and forty-five minutes with one intermission. It is playing through August 10. Friday and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia.

Mike: We would like to invite you to join our free mailing list so you can stay informed with what is happening with theater in the DC region.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Tim: Tim Sampson
  • Carson: Carson McRae
  • Eric: Eric Weathers

Crew

  • Director: Kaichen McRae
  • Producer: Kaichen McRae
  • Stage Manager: Santiago Melli-Huber
  • Set Design: Eric Weathers and Kaichen McRae
  • Set Construction: Larry Bendt and Richard Mulder
  • Set Painting: Carson McRae, Kaichen McRae, Eric Weathers, Joanna Hooker, RJ Haynes, Taylor Lynsky, Morgan Paugh, Katelynn Lieb, Sarah Weathers
  • Properties: Kaichen McRae
  • Costume Design: Kaichen McRae
  • Light Design: Kaichen McRae and Carson McRae
  • Sound Design: Carson McRae
  • Light/Sound Operators: Colin Pierce, Kelsey Pope, Allison Brownell
  • Stage Crew: Mollie Rodgers, Sarah Jane Rodgers, Joanna Hooker, Adam Cody, Katelynn Lieb, Charlie King
  • Poster: Carson McRae
  • Photography: Christopher Moorhead
  • Programs: Evelyn Rice
  • House Manager: Allison Brownell
  • Board Liaison: Evelyn Rice
  • Tickets: Debbie Carter
  • Box Office: Dee Faulconer
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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